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Lena M. Rager
LEWISTOWN - Lena M. Rager, 85, a resident of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of 4 Pinewood Road, Yeagertown, died at 2:28 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at the Lewistown Hospital. Born March 4, 1915, in Yeagertown, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Florence E. (Kupple) Simpkins. Her first husband, Ray B. Rager, died in 1974 and her second husband, Charles E. Rager, died in 1993. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Charles (Edith) Snook, Belleville; 27 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, three daughters, one great-granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters. Early in life, she worked as a cook at Red's Diner, Lewistown and was last employed as a production worker at Empire Kosher, Mifflintown. She was a member of the auxiliary of the City, Hook, and Ladder Fire Company and the Yeagertown Fire Company. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel at Juniata Memorial Park, with the Rev. William Pidgeon officiating. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Building D, Suite 101, Altoona, PA 16601. Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary G. Rager
LEWISTOWN - Mary G. Rager, 97, a resident of Beverly Healthcare-William Penn, Lewistown, formerly of 226 Broad St., Milroy, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at the nursing home. Born Dec. 14, 1902, in Orbisonia, she was the daughter of the late George and Ella Rabenstein. Her husband, Ranzel B. Rager, died March 8, 1989. Surviving are: a son, Robert R. Rager, McClure; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and three step-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. She was employed as a nurse in the dispensary of Standard Steel, Burnham for 10 years. She was a member of Milroy United Methodist Church and a former member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class and the administrative board of the church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Milroy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bert Bowen officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milroy. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Milroy United Methodist Church, Main Street, Milroy, PA 17063. Heller-Hoenstine Burnham Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham, is in charge of arrangements.

Frank B. Ramsey
MILROY - Frank B. Ramsey, 89, of 5 Ramsey Lane, Milroy, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his residence. Born Sept. 14, 1911, in Milroy, he was the son of the late Charles Wilbur and Lottie May (Wagner) Ramsey. His first wife, Verna Marie (Coulson) Moyer Ramsey, died in 1958 and his second wife, Kathryn Geraldine (Thomas) Peck Ramsey, died in 1993. Surviving are: stepchildren, Francis L. Moyer, Lewistown, Jean B. Martinozzi and Joan B. Bush, both of Williamsport, and Shirley Winder, Hamburg, NY; 10 step-grandchildren and 23 step-great-grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family. He was a self-employed farmer; worked for Precision Wear (Triangle Pacific) for a short time; was a truck driver for Smith Feed Mill, Newport; and retired from Capital Products, Mechanicsburg in 1975 after 18 years of service. He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Havice Valley, where he was a board member. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Havice Valley, Milroy, with the Rev. L. Ed Moore and Marshall Deckard officiating. Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today at the Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Marks United Methodist Church, c/o Neal Ort, 241 Lower Creek Road, Milroy, PA 17063.

Thursa Martha Davis Ranck
SPRING RUN - Thursa Martha Davis Ranck, 75, of 17973 Path Valley Road, Spring Run, died at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Chambersburg Hospital. Born June 14, 1925, in Mifflintown, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Rebecca (Dunn) Whipple. Her husband, Norman S. David, died Nov. 5, 1997. Surviving are: sons, Ronald E. David, Orrstown, Guy W. Davis, Waynesboro, and Andrew L. Davis, Chambersburg; brother and sister, Edwin Whipple, Fayetteville and Beatrice Lauver, Manheim; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Norman L. Davis on April 18, 1986. She had been employed for a number of years at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg and also worked as a certified nursing assistant in California and had done private duty nursing in the Franklin County area. She was a member of the Amberson United Methodist Church, Amberson, the United Methodist Women, and the Path Valley Lioness Club. She was an avid bowler, having participated in league bowling and tournaments. She also enjoyed knitting and fishing. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roxbury United Methodist Church, Roxbury, with the Rev. John Fickett officiating. Interment will be private. Family will receive friends immediately following the service Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Roxbury United Methodist Church, c/o Diane Holtry, 9180 Newburg Road, Newburg, PA 17240 or Fairview Avenue Brethren in Christ Church, 152 Fairview Ave., Waynesboro, PA 17268. The John L. Agett Funeral Home, Dry Run, is in charge of arrangements.

Eugene Ray
DRUMS - Eugene Ray, 85, of 99 Biesels Road, Drums, died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Boston University Medical Center. He had been vacationing in Boston with his family. Born Dec. 4, 1914, at Fishers Hill, Hazle Township, he was the son of the late C. Frank and Jennie (Ammerman) Ray. His wife, Martha (Gilbert) Ray, preceded him in death. He is survived by a companion, Blanche Miller. Also surviving are: sons, Robert E. Ray, Drums, David G. Ray, Reedsville, and William G. Ray; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters and by a granddaughter, Monica Ray and a grandson, Eugene W. Ray. He graduated from the Mining and Mechanical Institute, Freeland. He was retired from St. Regis Paper Company. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, St. Johns; the Hazleton YMCA Senior Citizens; and the Golden Age Group of Christ Lutheran Church, Hazleton. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Johns Lutheran Church, St. Johns, with the Rev. Manuel Stivers officiating. Family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church. The family requests no flowers, but memorial contributions may be made to: St. Johns Lutheran Church, PO Box 2, St. Johns, PA 18247. The Alfred Thomas Funeral Home, Milton, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.

Alberta C. 'Tiny' Reed
MILROY - Alberta C. "Tiny" Reed, 89, a resident of Valley View Retirement Community, Belleville, formerly of 236 Broad St., Milroy, died at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Valley View. Born Jan. 6, 1911, in Milroy, she was the daughter of the late William Robert and Eva Victoria (Aumiller) Reed. She is survived by a son, Maurice R. "Tim" Reed, Milroy; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Reed on Sept, 9, 1990 and a brother Morris L. Reed on Aug. 15, 1987. She had been employed at the Thompson Hosery Mill, Milroy, the Alert Shoe Company, Milroy and the Milroy Dry Cleaners. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville, with the Rev. Robert Zorn and Pastor Bert Bowen officiating. Interment will be in the Church Hill Cemetery, Reedsville. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to the Milroy United Methodist Church, 91 S. Main St., Milroy, PA 17063.

Carl A. Reich
TROXELVILLE - Carl A. Reich, 60, of Troxelville, died at 3:58 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. Born March 22, 1940, in Spring Township, Snyder County, he was a son of the late George V. and Anna D. (Smith) Reich. His wife, Lucille M. (Camp) Reich, whom he married Nov. 29, 1958, survives. Also surviving are: children, Mrs. Samuel A. (Dora M.) Geise, Middleburg and Douglas A. Reich, Beaver Springs; sisters and brothers, Julia Keister, Penns Creek, Marian Kreamer, Beavertown, Phyllis Swanger, New Berlin, George Richard, Selinsgrove RR; Dale Reich and Norman Reich, both of Beavertown RR1; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucy Reich, Marjorie Ettinger and Helen Hood; two brothers, Harold Reich and Donald Reich; and a granddaughter, Shawna B. Reich. He was a charter member and helped build the St. Peter's Independent Bible Church, Beavertown RR1. He served as a lay leader, board member and Sunday School teacher of the church for many years. He completed his pastoral studies through the American Evangelical Christian Church School, where he became licensed and ordained. His first church was the Church of the Open Door, Evendale, 1972-1979. He also served at St. Thomas Independent Brethren Church and St. Peter's Independent Bible Church. He also served in the Mexican Indian Missions in Arizona 1979-1980. He was last employed by JPM, Beaver Springs in the coax department. He had also been employed by Beavertown Weaving Mill, Milton Shoe, Beaver Shoe, Cameron Hatchery, Walnut Acres, Marlin Industries, drove handicapped school children in the Midd-West School District and served as an Adams Township supervisor. He sang and played bass for the Gospel Strings. He enjoyed his family, hiking, camping, singing, baseball, softball and eating. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Independent Church, with the Rev. Thomas Schroeder and B. C. Threet officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the church, where the family will be present 6:30-9 p.m. The family will also receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be to: the Child Evangelism Fellowship Building Fund, PO Box 38, Middleburg, PA 17842 or to the Snyder County Gideons, PO Box 125, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Aurand Funeral Homes Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Ann Reichley
BELLEVILLE - Margaret Ann Reichley, 98, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, formerly of Falls Church, VA, died at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Valley View Haven. Born May 20, 1902 in McAlevy's Fort, she was a daughter of the late Charles H. and Catherine E. (Wilson) Mateer. Her husband, William Greenleaf, preceded her in death in 1948. Surviving are: a sister, Eva Bigelow, Belleville; two grandsons and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jane Rogers, who died July 11, 1964, and by sisters, Beulah Lightner, B. Elizabeth Kennedy and Charlotte Eschenbach. She worked as the restaurant manager of Burlington Hotel, Washington D. C., retiring in 1973. She was a Lutheran by faith. Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Galen Sharp officiating. The Donald E. Baggus Funeral Home, Belleville is in charge of arrangements.

Ramona C. Reinard
LEWISTOWN - Ramona C. Reinard, 83, of 69 Blue Juniata Drive, Lewistown, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at the Lewistown Hospital. Born Sept. 27, 1917, in Huntingdon County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Maude B. (Anderson) Cromwell. Her husband, Samuel H. Reinard, whom she married Dec. 27, 1940, survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Stephen (Janeann) Runkle, Mechanicsburg, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Nevin C. Reinard, in 1997 and two sisters, Bernice Snook and Florine Lane. She did undergraduate work at Lock Haven University and received her Masters of Education from Penn State University. She was an elementary school teacher for the Mifflin County School District for 37 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Centre Union Church, Lewistown; the Order of Eastern Star of Lewistown; the Mifflin-Juniata County Retired Teachers Association; and the Delta Kappa Tau Sorority. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Leon Clayberger officiating. Committal services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Juniata Memorial Park. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Centre Union Church, 470 Caldwell Hill Road, Lewistown, PA 17044 or to the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center, 401 Yale St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Carmon L. Renninger
MCCLURE - Carmon L. Renninger, 85, of McClure, died at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, at his home. Born Nov. 4, 1915, in McClure, he was a son of the late Leon C. and Bernice (Pick) Renninger. His wife, Mae Anna (Peters) Renninger of Penn Lutheran Village, Selinsgrove, whom he married Jan. 30, 1937, survives. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Renninger in 1980. He retired in 1972 from the former American Viscose, where he was on the production line for 30 years. He later worked for Yorktown Kitchens, Mifflinburg for six years. He was a member of Mt. Bethel UCC Church, McClure. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Aurand Funeral Homes, North Brown Street, McClure, with the Rev. Donald Wise officiating. Interment will be in the McClure Union Cemetery, Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where family will be present 7-9 p.m.

Evelyn Arentz Renninger
GRANVILLE - Evelyn Arentz Renninger, 87, a resident of the Malta Home, Granville, formerly of 128 S. Main St., Lewistown, died at midnight Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, at the Malta Home. Born Feb. 8, 1913, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude (Baker) Arentz. Her first husband, Aaron Zook, died in 1965 and her second husband, James W. Renninger Sr., died Feb. 27, 1995. Surviving are: children, Mrs. Edward (Pat) Bunker, Leola and Gary Zook, Pleasant Acres, Lewistown; stepchildren, Mrs. James (JoAnne) Stuck, Brooksville, Fla. and James W. Renninger Jr., 71 Central Ave., Lewistown; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Lewistown. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoenstine Funeral Home Inc, 75 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Dale Hippensteel officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Rock Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the services Wednesday at the funeral home.

George C. Rhea
NEWARK, Del. - George C. Rhea, 74, of 207 Kingsley Drive, Newark, Del., formerly of Lewistown, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at the Veteran's Hospital in Elsmere, Del. Born May 19, 1926, in Blairs Mills, he was the son of the late Robert Ross and Mary Elizabeth (Goss) Rhea. His wife, Thelma L. Rhea, survives. Also surviving are: children, George W. Rhea, Newark, Del., Robert F. Rhea Sr., New Castle, Del., and Mary Rhea Ash, Middletown, Del.; brother and sisters, James Rhea of Mifflintown, Shirley Walls of Burnham, and Eleanor Burge and Elsie Frohm, both of Lewistown; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He worked construction work and as a lumberjack. Graveside services will be held at 2:15 p.m. Friday at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Route 896, Bear, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Diabetes Association, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 106, Harrisburg, PA 17055.

Mildred I. Rheam
MILLERSTOWN - Mildred I. Rheam, 87, a resident of Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield, and formerly of Millerstown RR1, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. Born Feb. 26, 1913, in Millerstown, she was a daughter of the late George and Stella (Stroup) McNaughton. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Rheam. Surviving are: sons, John W. Rheam, Belleville, and Raymond D. Rheam, Millerstown RR1; a sister, Ruth P. Savercool, Millerstown; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was a graduate of West Chester State Teacher's College. She was a school teacher for many years in the Millerstown and Liverpool areas and had assisted her husband in farming. They formerly owned and operated Rheam's Roller Rink and Rheam's Restaurant & Gas Station, Millerstown RR1. She was also an antique dealer. She was a member of Millerstown United Methodist Church and the Perry Valley Grange. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Millerstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James R. Behrens officiating. Interment will be in Newport Cemetery, Newport RR2. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Nickel Funeral Home, Loysville and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Millerstown United Methodist Church, 702 E. Sunbury St., Millerstown, PA 17062.

Madeline P. Rhoades
LEWISTOWN - Madeline P. Rhoades, 85, of 136 W. Third St., Lewistown, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at the Malta Home, Granville. Born April 15, 1915, in Mifflin, she was the daughter of the late Rudolph C. and Ida M. (Parsons) Pannebaker. She is survived by sisters, Cleo K. "Betty" Kepner, Lewistown and Mrs. Paul (Electa) "Sue" Reeder, Reedsville. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Pannebaker and a sister, Ida V. Sieber. She worked at the American Viscose for 14 years and for Cluett & Peabody Shirt Factory for 34 years, retiring in 1976. She was a member of Grove Memorial Methodist Church, Lewistown and past president of the ACTWU. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. William J. Danis officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the funeral home.

Betty K. Rhodes
LEWISTOWN - Betty K. Rhodes, 76, of 729-A Highland Park, Lewistown, formerly of 718 Freedom Ave., Burnham, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2000, at her residence. Born Oct. 4, 1923, in Burnham, she was a daughter of the late Harry S. and Delli (Kearns) Myers. Her husband, Clifford V. Rhodes, preceded her in death Aug. 29, 1991. Surviving are: a sister, Harvine Lakamais of Florida; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a step-brother, James Summers of Texas; and step-sisters, Mrs. Warren (Betty) Jones, Milroy, Mrs. Carl (Harriet) McLucas, Burnham, and Mrs. Robert (Aline) Specht, Lewistown. She was preceded in death by two sons, Roger Rhodes in 1987, and Rodney Rhodes in 1993. She was a matron for the Mifflin County School District for 24 1/2 years before retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Lewistown Heights. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham with the Rev. Jacob T. Traxler officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewistown. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE: The Bridge, 1126 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, Pa. 17044.

Jay R. Rhodes
LEWISTOWN - Jay R. Rhodes, 83, of SR103 North, Lewistown (Longfellow), died at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. Born July 11, 1917, in Mifflin County, he was the son of the late Mack M. and Eva G. (Woodward) Rhodes. His wife, Dorothy F. (Renninger) Rhodes, whom he married Feb. 5, 1942, resides at Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin. Also surviving are: children, William J. Rhodes, Randy L. Rhodes, Karen K. Rhodes, Johnny L. Rhodes, Ricky L. Rhodes, all of Lewistown, Darlene M. Yoder, Mrs. David (JoAnn) Plank, both of Granville, James R. Rhodes, Mrs. Paul (Grace) Markley, both of McVeytown, and Robert M. Rhodes, Malta Home, Granville; brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Winn, Clair W. Rhodes, Mrs. John (Mildred) Anderson, all of Lewistown, Mrs. Blain (Dorothy) Workinger, Mary Forshey, both of Burnham, Mrs. George (Grace) Pressler, Hollidaysburg, Alma Shaack, Elizabethtown, Pearl Robinson, Reidsville, N.C., Earlene Miles, Curwensville, and Wilbur Rhodes, Evandale; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater. He retired as a machine operator for Conrail in July of 1980 with 43 years of service. He was a member of the McVeytown Fire Company and the Granville Fire Company. He enjoyed collecting train and John Deere memorabilia. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Pine Glen Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Donald E. Peters Jr. and the Rev. Charles Rhodes officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Glen Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the services today at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Malta Home, PO Box E, Granville, PA 17029. Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 S. Market St., McVeytown, is in charge of arrangements.

Ferne Elizabeth 'Granny' Rhoads
RICHFIELD - Ferne Elizabeth "Granny" Rhoads, 78, of Richfield RR1, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg. Born April 4, 1922, in Richfield, she was the daughter of the late Roy Z. and Katie (Gearhart) Lauver Hendricks. She is survived by children, Richard E. Rhoads, Mifflintown RR2, R. Edwin 'Ed" Rhoads, Liverpool RR2, Clair A. Rhoads, Mount Pleasant Mills, Stephen D. Rhoads, Sunbury, and Mrs. Gary E. ( Ann L.) Graybill, Richfield RR1; sisters, Ethel Renninger, Richfield and Irene Polner, Levittown; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Luella Leister and Evelyn Whitmer; a granddaughter, Linda Sue Rhoads, at birth; a great-grandson, Jeremiah Goss, at birth; and a great-granddaughter, Hope Rhoads. She was educated at the Crossroads Grammar Schoolhouse, rural Richfield. She was employed as a presser by the Juniata Garment Company in Mount Pleasant Mills, Mifflin and Middleburg; and by Leonard's Garment Factory, Mount Pleasant Mills. She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant Mills and assisted the Bible Study Group in making sleeping bags for the homeless. She was also a member of the Richfield Fire Company and the Richfield Ambulance League. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, playing piano, hummingbirds and taking trips. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant Mills, with the Pastor James E. Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Richfield Union Cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Mills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the American Muscular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.

Joseph B. Richardson
MIFFLINTOWN - Joseph B. Richardson, 75, of Mifflintown RR4 (Manbeck Heights), died at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Born May 30, 1925, in Derry Township, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Mabel J. (Carruthers) Richardson. His wife, Marjorie A. "Marty" (Coder) Richardson, whom he married Nov. 22, 1947, survives. Also surviving are: a son, Jeffrey L. Richardson, Mifflintown RR4; a daughter, Mrs. David (Valerie J.) Stutts, Mifflintown RR1; and four grandchildren. He was the last of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by four brothers, William Richardson, John Richardson, Raymond Richardson, Willis Richardson, and three sisters, Mary Hoffman, Edna White, and Vera Troutman. He was a 1944 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He retired in 1990 with 33 years of service as a lathe operator from Machine Shop No. 2 of Standard Steel, Burnham. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Mifflin and its No. 10 Sunday School Class. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home, 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. James Harper officiating. Interment will be in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, where full military burial honors will be provided by the Juniata County Veterans Council. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home, where family will be present from 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box F, Mifflin, PA 17058.

Lynda Spring Rickert
LEWISTOWN - Lynda Spring Rickert, 48, of 25 Oak St., Lewistown, died Saturday, June 3, 2000, at her residence of natural causes. Born April 3, 1952, in Litchfield, Conn., she was a daughter of Walter Spring of Belleville and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Wescott of Torrington, Conn. Her husband, William Rickert, whom she married Oct. 12, 1997, survives. Also surviving are: sons, Thomas P. Stauckas, California, and Michael J. Stauckas, New York; stepmother, Barbara Spring, Belleville; stepfather, Rollin Wescott, Torrington, Conn.; stepchildren, Craig A. Rickert, McVeytown, and Jennifer R. Rickert, Colorado; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Deborah) Stanizzi, Mrs. Charles (Valerie) Peacock, Mrs. Jeffery (Wendy) Martorelli, John Spring, Neal Wescott and William Spring, all of Connecticut. She was a graduate of St. Raphael School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn. She had worked at St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven, Conn., and was a drug and alcohol counselor in Mifflin County. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was a hospital visitor for the church and a prayer partner. Services were held at Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan St., Lewistown, with the Rev. Dale Hippensteel officiating. Interment was in East Morris Cemetery, Connecticut. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation, Connecticut Chapter, Room 111, 45 S. Main St., W. Hartford, CT 06107-2402.

Georgia R. Rinker
ORBISONIA - Georgia R. Rinker, 78, of Orbisonia, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at the Woodland Retirement Center, Orbisonia, where she had been a resident for the past two months. Born Jan. 1, 1922, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late James McKinley and Esther (Barger) App. Her husband, Max E. Rinker, whom she married July 22, 1941 in Winchester, Va., died June 22, 1982. Surviving are: children, Mrs. Larry (Brenda) Clark, Rockhill Furnace and Terry L. "Skip" Rinker, Orbisonia; a sister, Peggy Potts, Orbisonia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson. She retired as a secretary from Southern Huntingdon School District in 1988 after 15 years of service. She was a member of the Rockhill Church of the Brethren. Private memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia, with the Pastor David Ort officiating. Interment will be in I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery, Rockhill Furnace. There will be no public viewing or visitation. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Rockhill Church of the Brethren, PO Box 39, Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249.

Lorraine W. Rits
HONEY GROVE - Lorraine W. Rits, 61, of Honey Grove RR1, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at her home. Born Sept. 12, 1938, in Montella, Berks County, she was the daughter of Lester and Hilda Weller of Sinking Spring. Her husband, Edgar H. Rits, whom she married Sept. 8, 1956, survives. Also surviving are: sons, Edgar "Butch" Rits Jr., Northglenn, Colo. and Michael P. Rits, Washington, D.C.; a sister, Diane Gulden, West Lawn; and eight grandchildren. She was a cook and waitress at several area restaurants. Most recently, she worked at Locust Grove Retirement Village as a dietary aide. She attended New Life Assembly of God Church, Mifflintown and taught Sunday School and worked with Child Evangelism Good News Clubs for many years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning vegetables, and singing gospel music. Graveside services and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at East Waterford Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Rits farm. The Rev. Jack Twombly will officiate. There will be no public viewing. The family will provide all funeral flowers and memorial contributions may be made to: New Life Assembly of God Memorial Fund, RR4, Box 417, Mifflintown, PA 17059. The Guss Funeral Home, 30 South Third St., Mifflintown, is in charge of arrangements.


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